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Recorded in 1982 to VHS (at slow speed) by a couple who wanted to give our newborn daughter a retrospective of what was popular on TV the week she was born.
This is how it was recorded as they started/stopped or paused the tape & switched between channels. At times the tape was left running.The VHS was converted to Mpeg4.
Some TV Openings 1982:
Gimme a Break
Hill St. blues
Laverne & Shirley
Too Close For Comfort
Hart To Hart
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: 1982; Television; Shows; TV; Sitcoms; Gimme a Break; Hill St. Blues; Benson; Chicago Story; Disney; Happy Days; Laverne & Shirley; Three's Company; Too Close For Comfort; Hart To Hart
Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
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Subject: Hard to believe this is all public domain
Doesn't this all have to be public domain to be on the site?
Subject: cool stuff,. brings back memories,. thanks for uploading!!
I only saw this stuff peripherally,. but I am glad someone taped it,. I love the "video tape" quality too,. groovy,. thanks!
Subject: Thank you!
What a great concept for the youth of today, before all of the ipads, internet, and all that jazz.
Even the imperfections of video taping shows what 1982 was like. I remember telling my kids that "80s television was crap, but it was quality crap."
You see, it was much more expensive to tape shows off the television in the mid to late 70s. VCRs weren't really available. So, along comes this gizmo in the 80s that is expensive, but most homes could afford one. Someone took the time and effort to think of saving a little slice of everyday life for the future.
So, I can not and will not give this less than 5 stars. Most people today don't appreciate seeing something of lesser video quality... which is puzzling, since most items here on the Internet Archive ARE of lesser video quality.
And to the person remarking about keywords... really? What's it like being so perfect that you expect perfection from others?
Regardless of what anyone else says, just the thought that someone took time to do this for someone, to show what life was like "back then"... that made my day.
Subject: You're Welcome
As the poster/uploader of this video, I love the way the last reviewer bashes this video. Hey Leonard Maltin, the video was recorded on a VHS recorder from 1982.The elderly relatives who recorded this did so as a gift for our new born. They didn't sit there "editing," each segue/cut away/or TV show. They recorded this on slow speed, so they could fit it on all one tape (they had no knowledge of tape speed quality). They recorded what they could. There was no "master plan," to archive TV/cable as it was in the early '80s for the National Archives, or to showcase TV shows/their opening credits/theme songs as a piece of broadcast history. As for Chicago Story, who knows? It could've been one of their favorite shows.At times the recorder was left running.What you're looking at is the tape as it was. I didn't edit/enhance it.Upload your own.
Subject: Incomplete description, keywords
This video also includes show openings for "CHiPs" and "M*A*S*H". These shows were somehow omitted from the file description and Keywords (even though footage from the two accounts for over one-third of this video).
Overall quality is quite poor, taped such that the video overlaps with most clips beginning before the previous one was over. The only opening that is fully intact is for "Chicago Story" (which, having lasted only three months is the least significant show of the bunch). I shouldn't be too critical though. Somewhere I have a VHS tape of TV show themes recorded in an eerily similar manner, thanks to the imprecise nature of early VCRs.
Subject: Gimme a Break
This represents the best of the Raygun 80’s. America went on to go from Re-Ron to Enron, Hill Street Blues to Main Street Blues. James Watt commented on his staff: "I have a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent." One good thing came out of all this shit was the 1982 release of Costa-Gavras' MISSING. Brilliant piece of film-making.